Best History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Best is an old Languedoc name. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc included the southeastern portion of the Massif Central, a plateau in the south of France, and ran from the province of Rousillon, in the west, to the Rhône River, forming the border with Provence, in the east. Its capital was Toulouse. It was formed around the county of Toulouse. It was named after the language in use in the region. Langue d'oc means "the language that uses oc for yes," as opposed to the northern dialect, langue d'oïl, which means "the language that uses oïl for yes."

Early Origins of the Best family

The surname Best was first found in Languedoc, where the family were formerly seated.

Early History of the Best family

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Best Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Best is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Bes, Bès, Besse, Bèse, Bez, Bec, Bèce, Bècce, Besses, Bess, Best, Beste, Bèze, Baiz, Baize, Baise, Baisse, Baisses, Le Bes, Le Bès, Le Besse, Le Bèse, Le Bez, Le Bec, Le Bèce, Le Bècce, Le Besses, Le Bess, Le Best, Le Beste, Le Bet, Le Bett, Le Bette, De Bèze, De Baiz, De Baize, De Baise, De Baisse, De Baisses, De Bes, De Bès, De Besse, De Bèse, De Bez, De Bec, De Bèce, De Bècce, De Besses, De Bess, De Best, De Beste, De Bet, De Bett and many more.

Early Notables of the Best family (pre 1700)

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United States Best migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Best surname were

Best Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher Best who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Christopher Best, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [1]
  • John Best who settled in New England in 1634
  • John Best, who landed in New England in 1634 [1]
  • Thomas Best, who settled in Virginia in 1635
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Best Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Hirg Best, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Wilhelm Best, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Boston Best, who landed in North Carolina in 1748 [1]
  • Johan Adam Best, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Joh Georg Best, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Best Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Tho Best, aged 22, who landed in Wiskasset (Wiscasset) in 1803 [1]
  • James Best, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • George Best, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Seragh Best, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Ruth Best, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Best migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Best Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Best, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Adam Best U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Conrade Best U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 he died in 1785 [2]
  • Mr. Hermanus Best U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Jacob Best, "Jacobus" Jr., U.E. who settled in Carleton Island, Saint Lawrence River, Ontario [New York] c. 1783 he served as part of the King's Royal Regiment of New York 2nd Battalion died in 1783 in Carleton Island [Cape Vincent], New York [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Best Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Best, who landed in Prince Edward Island in 1817
  • Emmanuel Best, who landed in Canada in 1828

Australia Best migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Best Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Philip Best, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [4]
  • Nancy Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [4]
  • Sarah Ann Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [5]
  • Elizabeth Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Best migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Best Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Best, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Patriot
  • William Best, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Best, aged 23, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Ann Best, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Daniel Best, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Best (post 1700) +

  • James Best (1926-2015), born Jules Guy, an American actor, best known for his starring role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Jacob Best Sr. (1786-1861), American brewer who founded what would later become known as the Pabst Brewing Company
  • David Best (b. 1945), American sculptor
  • Steven Best (b. 1955), American animal rights activist, author, talk-show host, and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso
  • Rex Best, American award-winning soap opera writer
  • Prof. Serena Michelle Best C.B.E., FREng., CEng., FIMMM., British Professor of Materials Science for the University of Cambridge was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Biomaterials Engineering
  • Ms. June Isobel Best M.B.E., British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to People with Disabilities in Northern Ireland [7]
  • Pete Best (b. 1941), English drummer, the original drummer for the Beatles
  • George Best (1946-2005), Northern Irish footballer, generally regarded as the greatest football talent ever produced by Northern Ireland
  • Harold Best (b. 1937), English politician, member of the UK Parliament
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alfred Best (d. 1912), aged 38, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]


The Best Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animi viam monstrat eis
Motto Translation: Just for fun way to show them


Suggested Readings for the name Best +

  • 840 "The Arnold, Best, Cullison and Herron Families" by Evelyn Strong, "A Genealogy of the Descendants of William Pinckney Best, Sr. (b. 1810 d. unknown)" by Dale D. Best.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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